Although we may not seem to be in control of our fate, we really can be.

It's amazing how the mind, body, and spirit all work together.

November is pancreatic cancer awareness month, and I have some insight into this disease after we lost my father last October.  Let me tell you if sheer will beat cancer then this guy would have beat it.  A successful local business man and extremely active guy in his late 60's, we were shocked when my Dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015.  He worked his treatment the way he worked every problem, with unwavering discipline.  A pancreatic cancer diagnosis unfortunately comes with a very short life span afterward.  Dad pursued not only the chemo recommended but a regimen of specific nutrition and weekly pilates training.  He kept his mind active and surrounded himself with positive energy.  No one could believe how well he did through treatment.  He was hardly ever sick or worn out and lost very little hair.  He fought every day of the 14 months he got after diagnosis, laughing and spending time with friends, family, and grandkids.  There was a lot of love and laughter in those 14 months.

I wish I had a happier ending to this story, but one thing I've learned is that - although we may not seem to be in control of our fate, we really can be.  The end result would have been the same in our case whether Dad's life lasted 4 months or 14 months, but what a wonderful and inspiring 14 months it was.  LIVE.  Feed your body and mind correctly and positively.  You will be rewarded.

Sadly, pancreatic cancer is a complicated form of cancer that is really underfunded.  This weekend some family, friends and I are running in the local Philadelphia 5k to fund pancreatic cancer research.  If you want to learn more, please visit - a really comprehensive organization dedicated to the pancreatic cancer community.

Tina Nardo, Art Director at Inspyr


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